I don’t know why, but I’m drawn to sister stories. I didn’t grow up with sisters, but that relationship has always intrigued me. With many of the sisters I know in real life, I see not only a bond that lasts well into their adult lives, but also a kind of competitiveness. Maybe competitiveness is not the right word—all people are not competitive by nature, after all, but I guess to me it seems like a sister is a measuring stick of sorts. For your whole life you will hold yourself mentally against that gauge to see how you measure up.
Is this true, or something I just made up? Because sometimes I do stuff like that. Like I said, I didn’t grow up with sisters, so this is all just speculation. But I love to spend time thinking about it, as I think the sisterly relationship is so incredibly complex and interesting.
I’ve just been reading BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER, Elizabeth Scott’s new novel which releases today and we will be highlighting here tomorrow. I love this story. It is about two sisters, and through the book, the older “perfect” sister is in a coma. So it’s like the measuring stick is still there, but in a way it’s not. The main character, "second-best" Abby, spends much of her time fighting through her hatred for the measuring stick, but at the same time, recognizing her need for it.
It's such a compelling novel with deep, complex, emotional sister problems. Plus: there's an amazing boy. I'll I have to leave that for another blog post but, you know, just sayin'.
There are so many stories, including my own, where I can see sisters measuring themselves against each other. Because I’ve never had a sister, I’d love to hear from you. Did you measure yourself against your sister growing up? Do you still?
And finally, what are some of your favorite novels that highlight sisterly relationships?